Hdd not detected in bios

Fujitsu siemens / Amilo m1437g
March 7, 2009 at 07:52:05
Specs: xp, 1024
I have a problem with my laptop. My last hdd stopped working so i got a new one after putting the hdd in i went through the usual process of re-installing xp it read the cd until the point came to format. When i went to format it it said there was none there, so i went into the bios and same thing not there plesae help.

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March 7, 2009 at 08:49:36
Did you verify before buying that the drive you bought is compatible with your laptop?

If the drive is compatible then maybe you didn't connect up correctly. Did you make any changes to any BIOS settings during this process?

If not of those reasons apply then maybe the original hard drive was not bad. The hard drive controller could be bad instead. Does your CD show in the BIOS and can you boot to a disk from it?

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March 7, 2009 at 08:55:07
Hi yes it can boot from cd, i haven't made any changes to the bios the old hdd was faulty as i tried it in my tower and nothing happend just clicking. its the exect same hdd as the old one it's a sata drive

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March 7, 2009 at 10:18:39
Then maybe you didn't get the connectors on good enough.

Can you see the POST screens at start up? If not, then boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and disable fast boot and any logos that are enabled.

If the drive doesn't show in the POST screens then something is wrong.

Did I understand you to say the replacement drive is the smae EXACT drive model? Or just hte same type?

If your laptop came with a SATA I type hard drive and you are replacing with a SATA II type drive it may not work. I don't know about laptops but with desktop SATA drives many of the SATA II drives have a jumper on them to throttle the speed to SATA I for backward compatibility.

What exact drive did you purchase?

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March 8, 2009 at 05:41:18
Yes the hdd is the exact same make name etc, the connection is good and you can see the post screen i heard off someone last night that i may need to install raid drivers before i can format the drive and install windows, but how can i do that without an external floppy drive this is only what i have been told.

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March 8, 2009 at 05:54:37
You can see the POST screen. Do you see the hard drive identified by both the model and full capacity?

As far as any SATA drivers go you could slipstream them into the files on your current CD. However, if you are using the restore CD that goes with your laptop it should already have all the necessary drivers on the disk.

Are you using a restore CD designed for your laptop?

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March 8, 2009 at 06:13:56
there is a restore cd but it goes through the process of restoring then it prompts me to use the recovery cd which i don't have i have a genuine copy of xp home thats all

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